This introduction to the JPF&T—Journal of Popular Film and Television's 'Orphan's No More' issue, introduces the category of 'Orphan Cinema' popularized by both the Library of Congress and The Orphan Films conference.
This essay provides an introduction to the discipline of “orphan cinema” as an outgrowth of the work of moving image archivists, ideological film analysis, and experimental film makers. The contradictory relationship
between nontheatrical film, academic film scholarship, and Hollywood film production is briefly reviewed. Finally,
the article introduces the “institutional film” as a central theme in the nontheatrical film genre analyzed throughout the special “Orphans No More” issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television.